It’s a dangerous world, especially for Julian Assange, if Pamela Anderson is to be believed. In an interview with TMZ May 7, the actress revealed that she’s extremely worried for the WikiLeaks founder.
“I don’t think he’ll survive,” the Baywatch alum shared. “I’m really, deeply concerned about him, his well-being. … It’s very urgent and it’s really important that people really know who he is and that we don’t allow him to be extradited, because I don’t believe he’ll be safe in American towns.”
Assange, 47, is currently in Belmarsh Prison in London prison after Ecuador withdrew asylum. He reportedly treated his caretakers poorly, and even allegedly smeared feces all over the walls at the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, where he stayed for seven years. He was dragged out in April, and was quickly arrested after a U.S. request to have him extradited.
“We’ve ended asylum of this spoiled brat,” President Moreno of Ecuador said that the time. “From now on, we’ll be more careful in giving asylum to people who are really worth it, and not miserable hackers whose only goal is to destabilize governments.”
TMZ attempted to get the 51-year-old star to clarify her comments, asking whether she believed someone might try to assassinate Assange if he comes back to the United States.
“Or even where he is!” she quickly exclaimed, insisting that he’s just someone who “is trying to tell the truth.” “We need to keep him in the public eye.”
Assange faces one count of “conspiracy to commit computer intrusion for agreeing to break a password to a classified U.S. government computer,” per the indictment from the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
The WikiLeaks founder allegedly was working with former Army intelligence officer Chelsea Manning to publish secret government documents. He was also under investigation for rape and sexual assault in Sweden, and for skipping bail in 2012 in Britain.
His extradition hearings are set for May 2 and June 12.
Prior to sharing her fears that Assange might be a target, Anderson visited him earlier in the day May 7. After that visit, she told reporters that he didn’t belong in Belmarsh, a high-security prison. “He has never committed a violent act,” she insisted. “He is an innocent person!”
She also went on to share her feelings for Assange, whom she was rumored to have romanced. “He’s a good man. He’s an incredible person,” said Anderson. “I love him. I can’t imagine what he’s been going through.”